By Mark Laherty
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the confusingly punctuated sixth – yes, sixth – instalment in the long-running and well-regarded Mission: Impossible series and the second to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This movie is the first to present itself in the franchise as a straight sequel, which makes it a less-than-ideal jumping-on point. This is unfortunate for me because – cards on the table – I hadn’t seen a Mission: Impossible movie before this one. Just a slightly embarrassing pop-culture blind spot there. Take this review as the point of view of a newcomer.